Winter 2007

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Christine Gillis, BS, writes, "I was a stockbroker, regional representative, for 43 years. I was also the vice president of both Dean Witter and EF Hutton. I was honored by the New York Stock Exchange as the founder of the very first and only professional group for women registered with the NYSE. The archives at the NYSE has the history. Now I am considered a 'pioneer' among women in earlier days (1960s). I was in Wall Street for four years and am now in my 45th year in the securities field. I have two daughters and four grandchildren. I also volunteer as a trustee on the Educational Foundation of the American Association of University Women as well as being the first woman on the Board of Governers."




Robert Lippi, BS, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, joined Naval R.O.T.C. and was commissioned in 1944 at 19. He was assigned to amphibious forces and saw action in the Philippines and Okinawa. Near the end of the war he was transferred to an LSMR (rocket ship) as executive officer and then promoted to commanding officer of the ship, which included 20 automatic rockets and a crew of 150 men and seven officers. Its mission was to land with the initial landing forces and furnish continuous fire from 2,000 yards to the beachhead. He writes, "I returned to civilian life and served Lone Star Construction as president and CEO of Lone Star Hawaii. Upon retirement, I served the Catholic bishop of Hawaii as his financial officer and later regent of Chaminade University. I am married and have three daughters and six grandchildren."


1947|Reunion Oct 12-14




Paul Mc Knight, BS, of Orinda, Calif., a vice president of Saylor & Hill Co., regional insurance brokers, is in a retirement transition after starting in the employee benefit insurance business in 1950. Saylor & Hill Co. has provided consulting and insurance brokerage services to the University of California as well as for other universities, cities, the state of California, and other employers. He is married to Joan Kiessig, BA 1953. His daughter, Carol Mc Knight Warren, BS, is married and has a son (15) and a daughter (12) and lives in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., with husband, Ben. Joan and Paul are supporters of the Bear Backers, particularly rugby, football, women's golf and men's golf teams.




Joseph Hootman, BS, retired in February from ILOG, a French-American software company, after a long career in the computer industry. After graduating from Cal and military service, Joe entered computer hardware sales at Burroughs and then moved into computer services as a founder and CEO of Remote Computing Corp., a time-sharing services company. Later he worked in information technology consulting with SRI International and Towers/Perrin and then computer software. He and his wife live in Windsor in the California wine country and are now enjoying a life of relative leisure gardening and wine tasting.




Roscoe Brooks, BS, of Danville, Calif., has finally retired after spending much of his time after his corporate life assisting his wife in her employee benefits and human resources consulting business. They have traveled the last 15 years enjoying 18 foreign countries, including four Bear Treks trips. He writes, "We manage to play golf once a week and visit with our combined family of five children and six grandchildren in Oak Island, N.C., Aspen, Colo., and southern/northern California. Life is good!"


1957|Reunion Oct 12-14


Bob Hearther, BS, of Pioneer, Calif., recently moved to the Gold Country with his wife, Jennifer. He writes, "I am enjoying retirement next to a nice golf course. Son Bill is a LCDR in the Navy and is relocating to Washington, D.C., to be the aide to the commandant of the Marine Corps. The other son, Michael, is the store manager for Home Depot in Rancho Cordova. Both sons were graduates of the US Naval Academy and were designated as naval aviators."




Vijay Kumar, BS, writes, "After working for larger Silicon Valley employers -- IBM, BMC and Amdahl -- I am now working for a startup, Internet Speech ( This is the most exciting and challenging opportunity of all the companies. Internet Speech's Voice Internet netECHO service allows a user to access the Internet without the need for a computer by using any phone and user's own voice. Voice commands are understood by the service, and Internet text is converted to speech and spoken by voice to the user's phone. Coming in July, we will be adding audio streaming, which will enable the user to choose and listen to music over the phone. Shopping is also being added as an option. This service was originally intended for consumers, business and government. Surprisingly, blind and vision-impaired people have become a large market for this service. Both my son and daughter have left the dot-com industry for other endeavors. My son, Jay, is now a civil engineer for a company in San Juan Bautista and my daughter, Amba, has switched to a real estate career with Coldwell Banker. She also bought a four-plex and a five-plex in the Eureka area. Both my kids are accomplished swimmers. Amba participates in Olympic-level triathlons in the Santa Cruz area. This includes a 1500-meter swim in the Pacific Ocean followed by a 50K bike ride and a 10K run. Jay was a water polo standout. He has swum from Alcatraz to San Francisco and from Angel Island to Tiburon (without a wetsuit). I am divorced but like to spend time with them whenever possible. I live in Mountain View. I am really excited by Cal football and see Cal games in Berkeley at least a couple of times each year."


1967|Reunion April 27-29


Gary L. Jackson, BS, partnered with Peter Abraham in 1966 to form The Matrix Recording and bought the Matrix Nightclub in San Francisco. In 1967, they produced Grace Slick and The Great Society albums on Columbia Records. While Peter stayed at the nightclub, Jackson went to San Francisco State University, earning an MBA in accounting; Golden Gate University, earning an MBA in tax in 1975 and Lincoln University, where he graduated in 1971 with a JD. He received his CPA license in 1977. As a political activist in San Francisco, he was involved in numerous fund-raisers as a producer and treasurer working for McGovern For President, Sheriff Richard D. Hongisto in San Francisco and Save The Whales in California and Japan.


John Lovewell, BS, of Atherton, Calif., is still active as a commercial property developer in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. His son, Jamie, was attending Tulane University in New Orleans when Katrina forced him to miss his last college semester there. Fortunately, Cal opened its doors to Jamie and over 30 other displaced Louisiana college students. Dad is grateful his son could experience the wonderful ambience of a fall semester at Berkeley, and complete his course work on schedule as a guest Golden Bear. Thank you, Cal!!


Richard Lyon, BS 67Richard Lyon, BS, of Sacramento writes, "I am launching my new multimedia set, 'Creating Your Recipe for a Happier, Longer Life in Retirement,' a video DVD, audio CD, four-ounce pouch of chocolate sauce, and an annotated recipe for the sauce. As Coach Lyon, The Pre-Retirement Coach, I take a unique, entertaining look at the psychological and emotional challenges people face when transitioning from any long-term endeavor. This applies especially to retirement, which I refer to as 'Honorable Un-Employment.' I address only quality of life issues, leaving finances and benefits to others." &


Rick Snow, BS, of Livermore, Colo., former vice president, general counsel, and secretary of J.D. Edwards & Co., is serving as Executive-in-Residence for the College of Business at Colorado State University. His duties include lecturing in select undergraduate and graduate courses, assisting the career counseling program, helping faculty connect with industry representatives, mentoring students, and advising the dean and key college leaders on strategic planning. He also teaches business law and ethics in the college's evening MBA and distance-learning programs, and he serves as a member of the Global Leadership Council, the dean's advisory board for the College of Business. Snow, who has 33 years experience as a corporate legal executive in the high-technology industry, started the legal department at J.D. Edwards in 1990 and grew it to 45 people before retiring in 2004.




Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, BS, writes, "Our private investment advisory firm moved its offices to Century City in April and adopted the name Gainsborough Capital LLC. Our focus is unchanged: absolute-return, global, open-architecture investment management for the very wealthy individual or family in search of performance and preservation of capital. Portfolios are managed by selected best-of-breed managers overseas, with a genuinely global outlook and a history of consistently superior returns and low volatility. We can be reached at 310.277.0803, and for more information please visit us at".




Daniel Asera, BS, Professor Daniel Asera, BS '69, president of the Class of 1969 and a Cal Alumni Scholar, is the founder and president of Cal Spirit of Las Vegas, the new Las Vegas alumni chapter of the California Alumni Association. After interviewing local high school students for Cal alumni scholarships a few years ago, he felt there was a need for such a group in an area home to 1,000 Cal alumni. The group's first gathering in December 2005 was held as host chapter to the Las Vegas Bowl Rally and Reception attended by many Cal alumni. In April 2006, the group hosted a reception for the 32 Las Vegas high school students accepted to Cal for the coming fall semester and recently joined Stanford alumni in Las Vegas for a well-attended Big Game viewing event. Professor Asera teaches finance and accounting at UNLV. In the community, he is a member of the Regional Transportation Commission Citizens Advisory Committee and the Clark County Community Development Advisory Committee.




Steve Gillings, BS, is CFO at I/OMagic Corp., a public company that distributes computer peripherals to retailers such as CompUSA, Circuit City, Office Depot, Staples, Target Stores, and Micro Center. He has been with the company since 1997 and has served as CFO since 2002.


Cora Toy Woo, BS, writes, "Even after all these years, I remain a loyal and enthusiastic Cal fan following the football and basketball seasons. Although I reside on the Peninsula and have worked for 15 years at Stanford University (following a career in retail), I remain committed to the Blue and Gold! My current position is in Faculty Foundation Relations in the Provost's Office. My husband, Victor, MBA 1972, recently retired from a long career at Levi Strauss. Our daughter graduated in June from Cal Poly Pomona, and our son is completing his senior year at UC Riverside. We had the occasion to travel as a family to Hong Kong last spring and had a wonderful experience. More travels are definitely in our plans. Best regards to those I've lost touch with over the years."


1972|Reunion April 27-29


Glenn Carlson, BS 72 Glenn Carlson, BS, of Las Vegas, Nev., writes, "I continue to fly as an international airline captain. My work takes me to Europe and Asia. Retirement is but four years away. My three books continue to sell and can be viewed at My son will soon graduate from college and I look forward to the pay raise. I wish I had a way of finding my classmates who lived in Ehrman Hall."




Conrad Hohener III, BS, of Santa Ana is COO and general counsel for Celtic Leasing Corp. in Irvine, Calif. He writes, "I am particularly pleased to announce that my son Calvin has just finished his first semester at Cal. Debbie, my wife of 28 years, continues to teach ballet and my oldest son, Sandy, is a junior at the red school across the Bay, Stanford University, where he made first team all MPSF and second team All American as well as first team Academic All American in water polo."


Gary Newton, BS, see MBA 1976 notes.


1977|Reunion April 27-29


David Allen, BS 77, with his family David E. Allen, BS, of Raleigh, N.C., writes, "Greetings from sunny North Carolina. It has been many years and many miles since my days at Cal. My education continued at UNC Chapel Hill; the family grew by five (including Maggi-May, the wonder dog); and my work changed from high-tech to nonprofit. While I miss my good friends from Coopers & Lybrand, San Francisco (Hi John!), I have enjoyed my time here in NC. My kids grew up in the same house, learned to ride bikes in the street outside, later to drive cars on that street. Kid bragging section: My oldest is completing his freshman year at Appalachian State (2005 I-AA Champs!). Second is Katie, a basketball and crew standout at RCHS; leaving Joey and Elizabeth to slug it out in middle school. I would love to hear from other Cal alums here in NC; if nothing else, to compare notes on which Raleigh pubs show televised Cal sports events. Write me at Roll on you Bears!"




Steve Peletz, BS, see MBA 1999 notes.


Andrew Shapiro, BS, was featured in Infovest 21's Strategy Focus on activist investing and Lawndale Capital Management, the money management firm he founded and has led for the past 14 years. The article highlights Andrew's activist strategy and recent successes. The stock market's recent focus on corporate governance matters has kept Andrew, a specialist in the area, busy traveling the country speaking on governance reforms and his unique activist investing style. Andrew and his firm are based in Mill Valley, where he is also active in coaching his children's sporting teams and helping out in their classrooms.




Dave Rochlin, BS 85 Dave Rochlin, BS, of Moraga, Calif., authored Hunter or Hunted?: Technology, Innovation, and Competitive Strategy, a guidebook for managers published by Thomson/Texere. The book is based on Dave's experience as a consultant and executive in the technology industry, as well as the executive MBA technology strategy course he developed and teaches at St. Mary's College of California. It blends contemporary and classical academic research, a historical perspective, and the current best practices from industry. It also features contributions from a number of technology thought leaders, including Michael Schrage, Randy Komisar, Lise Buyer, and Annabelle Gawer. The book made a brief debut in the Amazon 'top 1,000' and has gotten some excellent early reviews. It is under review by over 400 technology/innovation MBA and engineering professors for use in their graduate courses.




Alan Seigrist, BS, see MBA 1996 notes.




A.T. Kippes, BS, of San Francisco writes, "In addition to practicing law and teaching various legal courses, including animal law, I am now also an adjunct faculty member teaching business ethics in the MBA program at the Bay Area campus of Argosy University. I am also on the board of Hopalong Animal Rescue, a Bay Area nonprofit animal rescue group,"


Mariza Verdugo, BS, of Chino Hills, Calif., writes, "Since graduating from Cal, I have been married for the last 12 years and have been very busy raising three boys (8, 5, and 2). I am self-employed with two franchise businesses, Curves in Brea, Calif. and Facelogic in Chino, Calif. Curves is a 30-minute exercise facility designed for women, and Facelogic is an affordable day spa where we focus on services on the face (facials, waxing, and cosmetics). I enjoy what I do and I thank the Haas School of Business for the tools in helping me run my own business."


1992|Reunion April 27-29


Kristin (Victorine) O'Leary, BS, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, "My husband, Rich, and I are very excited to announce that we have a baby girl on the way. She will arrive in February of 2007. This past year I earned my Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) CPA designation, and am now working from home as a personal financial planner. I'm really enjoying having a flexible schedule and running my own small business. Rich (Cal Genetics major, class of 1988) continues to be very busy serving as an anesthesiologist at several local hospitals and surgery centers. He also performs volunteer medical work through UCSD in Mexico. I can be reached at:"


Joe Silvestri Joe Silvestri, BS, writes, "Since late 2006, I've been Director of Account Services at Duncan/Channon, an advertising and design agency based in San Rafael, Calif. We offer a full range of strategic, creative, account, and media services. Our current client list includes Birkenstock USA, Hard Rock International, Clos du Bois wine, SEGA of America, and Working Assets. In July 2006, I moved back to my hometown, Novato with my wife, Jill, and 3-year-old son, Sam."


Peter Yu, BS, of Foster City, Calif., writes, "After leaving the Bay Area for another MBA program many moons ago, I'm happy to be back and working for Oracle as director of business strategy and planning since January 2006. The journey has been exhilarating, including stints in APAC with Bain and a turnaround at Gateway. In August, my wife Lily Chiu and I welcomed Patrick Qi Yu and are looking forward to October's 15-year reunion. Go Bears!"




Peter Farago, BS, of Castro Valley, Calif., worked in consumer packaged goods for seven years and then graduated from Wharton with an MBA in 2003. He worked for Electronic Arts in product management and in 2004 went to Digital Chocolate, a mobile game maker. He was married in 2000 to Jennifer. Daughter Zoe was born in 2003. He writes, "Nesting nicely in fixer-upper, with much remodeling!"




Milton Lai, BS, of Irvine, Calif., writes, "Any alumni who have banking and borrowing needs for personal or business purposes, can give me a call."




Wansun Song, BS, of Los Angeles writes, "We're having a ball raising our two girls, Audrey and Charlotte, (ages 5 and 2). I'm continuing to practice law at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and working on various finance transactions including bank finance, project finance and securitizations. We miss Berkeley a lot."


1997|Reunion April 27-29


David T. Martin, BS, writes, "I've been married for five years to Jennifer Leclerc, whom I met while working at Monitor in Los Angeles. We have two children, Clara (5) and Rosalie (1). I earned an MBA at an unnamed MBA program in Fontainebleau, France -- it was a great time -- and am now working in Boston at Fidelity Investments, where I am an internal management consultant. Haas was a truly great experience and some of my best friends are friends that I made from that time. Go bears!"


Sam Willard, BS, writes, "I just celebrated the third anniversary of my photography business, which followed several years in IT consulting and management. I have found entrepreneurship and following my creative passion to be more rewarding than I ever imagined. I encourage all my fellow Haas alumni to follow their passion. My studio is in Emeryville, and I encourage old friends to stop by and say hello. Samples of my work and contact information are on my Web site at"




Donny Chia, BS, writes, "I graduated from Harvard Law School in June and joined Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate in New York. Special congrats and thanks to fellows Haas '01 Sophia Yen and Helen Lok for successfully enduring three years of law school in Boston with me. If anyone is ever in New York, please look me up, Go Bears!"




Shannon Gallagher-Bolton, BS, of Los Angeles, graduated with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law in May. After taking the bar in July, she will be 'bar tripping' to Europe and the Bahamas. She will then begin her career in Century City as an associate in the corporate department of Kaye Scholer.




Allen Chang, BS 04, adventuring in Mexico After 20 adventurous months in Mexico City, Allen Chang, BS, has relocated to Shanghai, China, continuing his career as an International Manager for HSBC.


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Peter Firmin, MBA, professor and dean emeritus, University of Denver, has retired from his most recent (and last) position as director of development, School of Accountancy, University of Denver. His first post-retirement trip in early April was to Bhutan. He lives in Littleton, Colo.




Robert Curley, MBA, writes, "I recently sold Home Innovations, a long-term Seattle distributor of cabinets and appliances to single-family builders. This was the last of several companies I have owned and managed in the Seattle community. Currently I am involved in ownership of several commercial real estate properties and on working boards of three nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound area. My wife, Jann, and I have four kids and four grandkids, who add a new dimension to our lives."




Jack Longinotti, MBA, joined Voxify Inc. in Alameda, Calif. last October as CFO. He has specialized as CFO of venture-backed, tech companies since the early 1990s. He writes, "Raising capital and financial reporting for early-stage companies has changed dramatically over that interval. Professor Vatter would be amazed at the changes."




Stephen Monson, MBA, was one of three prosecutors selected to receive the 2005 "Outstanding Career Advocacy Award." The award, given by the County Prosecutors' Association, acknowledges the almost 30 years Stephen has served in New Jersey state government. He started in 1977 in State Police's Legal Affairs Bureau and continues today in DCJ's Prosecutors Supervision and Coordination Bureau. For more than a decade, Stephen has devoted much of his time to the implementation of the Alcotest 7110 MK III, an instrument that brings breath testing into the 21st century. In 1999, it was approved by then-Attorney General Peter Verniero. The device, which replaced the Breathalyzer, uses infrared light and electrochemical cell technology to determine the presence of ethanol in a breath sample. Stephen lost his wife of 41 years in early November. While Lynne was not able to be at the ceremony where Stephen received his award, she was included via telephone so she heard every word of it. He says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about her and miss her. Together, they raised two sons, Michael and David. Stephen credits Lynne with encouraging him to pursue his legal career.




Michael Murray, MBA, of Orinda, Calif., writes, "I'm president and founder of a successful Bay Area firm, Workplace Conflict Solutions, which provides organizational leaders and HR management with executive coaching, management training, and mediation services in the specialist area of workplace conflict management and collaboration." For more information, visit WCS at or e-mail him at




William Halal, MBA, see Ph.D. 1971 notes.




Bruce Chemel, MBA, "I retired from American Airlines in 2001 after a 28-year career during which I held a variety of jobs culminating in president, AAdvantage Marketing Programs. I am dividing my time between Dallas and Santa Fe and am involved in nonprofit activities in both cities as well as some occasional consulting."


Steve Fabricant, MBA 71 After 25 years doing international consulting based in Ashland, Ore., Steve Fabricant, MBA, followed his physician wife Keiko, to the lovely island of Okinawa where she works in public health. A health economist (Ph.D. from the University of London in 1992), Steve still consults for the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, and The World Bank, but spends most of his time with 5-year old Lia, keeping a family of five well-nourished, and keeping a lush tropical garden in check.


Cooling Springs, the historic farm of Pete Michael, MBA, has been named to several national and state historic registers. The farm was settled in 1768 by Andrew Michael, son of the first European explorer of Frederick County, Md., where Cooling Springs is located. The farm was operated as an Underground Railroad safe-house by Pete's great-great-grandparents and their children. Pete and his wife, Vicki, are the seventh generation of the family at Cooling Springs and have opened the farm to the public for tours and study of the Underground Railroad. Haas alumni are especially welcome. Visit for more. Pete continues his long-time role as president of Michael Strategic Analysis.


Max Oliva, MBA, visited Haas this fall while he was on sabbatical. Max is a Jesuit priest and teaches spirituality in the workplace. Currently, he is living in Canada. His work combines spirituality and business. He publishes a newsletter, "Spirituality and Ethics."




William Sherman, MBA, writes, "After graduating from Cal business and Boalt Hall in 1972 with what I have been told was the first combined JD/MBA degree (where both degrees are pursued simultaneously and conferred at the same time) at the Berkeley business and law school, I began law practice with then-Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. I moved to Morrison & Foerster in 1987, where I have been ever since. The MBA degree, not at all common for law graduates in those days, gave me a substantial leg up on other young lawyers because I understood financial statements and the principles of corporate finance. The MBA degree also gave me credibility with clients who were always looking for a business-savvy lawyer. I have been involved as company or underwriter's counsel in almost 250 public offerings over my career ranging from Intel to Oracle to Siebel to Netscape to Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. I have also been a lecturer once or twice a year since the 1970s in the entrepreneurship curriculum (focusing on the going public process) in the Haas MBA program."




Gary Newton, BS 74, MBA 76, on vacation in Malta Gary Newton, MBA, writes, "I completed a 27-year career in finance with Beckman Coulter in 2005 and am enjoying retirement with my wife, Mary, in Newport Beach. After working in public accounting in San Francisco, I started with the company at its Berkeley facility but eventually moved to Orange County where the company is headquarted."




Gordon Gregory, MBA, is chairman and managing director of the middle-market investment banking firm Mosaic Capital LLC and its NASD broker dealer affiliate Mosaic Capital Securities LLC. The firm recently expanded to six managing directors. Gordon serves as the firm's liaison to and has joined the worldwide board of directors of International M&A Partners - IMAP (, whose partners are located in 35 countries and have completed 1400 middle market transactions since 2000. In addition, Gordon is co-founder and managing director of Professionals Network Group Inc. (, a mutual benefit professional resourcing organization, which recently opened its 39th chapter in California and has over 1000 members. 2006 marks the 30th anniversary of two great influences for Gordon -- meeting his wife Gayle at Cal, and taking Professor Helzel's course in entrepreneurship -- both positive to this day.




Thomas Brown, MBA, is CEO of Power Decisions Group,, a marketing consulting and market research company based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Grant Ricketts, MBA 79 Grant Ricketts, MBA, writes, "I continue to enjoy my professional life with Saba, a company that I helped found in 1997. Saba is a leading provider of human capital management systems for larger enterprises and is based in Redwood Shores, Calif. It's been a fun and interesting experience with many ups and only a few downs during these economic times. I occasionally get to drop by the Entrepreneurship Forum as well, so I am getting to know the new Haas campus. And, my wife, Anne, and I get out on various travel adventures from time to time. Wishing you all well."




Deborah Miller, MBA, is a partner at the law firm GCA Law Partners LLP in Mountain View, Calif. Deborah is a transactional attorney specializing in sales, licensing, and marketing agreements and preventive law counseling in areas including channel strategy, price discrimination, advertising and promotional allowances, and e-commerce. She served on the firm's management committee in 2004 and 2005. Prior to joining GCA in 2000, she was with 3Com Corporation in Santa Clara for 11 years, most recently as associate general counsel for American sales, service, and marketing, and leader of a practice group of seven attorneys. Daughter Sarah Miller Barnes graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law in 2004, and is a patients' rights attorney working for the Mental Health Advocacy Project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Son Eric Miller Barnes is in his second and final year of the joint MBA and MS in agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis. Deborah and husband John Barnes celebrated their 30th anniversary in January 2007 and live in Saratoga, California.




Kevin McDermott, MBA, of Westchester, Ill., writes, "As Mark Twain famously said, 'Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.' As some of you know, a recent edition of CalBusiness reported that I had shrugged off this mortal coil and transitioned to the hereafter. Perhaps I don't answer Cal's requests for contributions with sufficient alacrity. In any event, I am still here, still married, and still very much enjoying life. Years ago I used to think I had to become rich in order to do whatever I felt like doing, but I've discovered that this simply isn't true. I work for myself (not a lot, but enough), I teach accounting part time, I play rock-and-roll with friends and occasionally even perform in public, I volunteer for lots of righteous causes, I host a public-access TV talk show discussing current events, and I generally do only things that interest me. But I'm definitely not wealthy, at least not in the monetary sense. My wife and I have simply learned how to live comfortable lives that allow us to set our own priorities. I highly recommend it."


1982|Reunion April 27-29


Beverly Dance, MBA, of Oakland writes, "I continue to enjoy the independent human resources consulting I began in 2000. I was very close to Haas when I was engaged on the Berkeley campus for an organizational design and recruiting project with the Department of Engineering."


Peter Nielsen, MBA 72, with his Harley After a 20-year career in product management in the software industry Peter Nielsen, MBA, partnered with Loretta Ferraro, a long-time Marin County REALTOR. They work as a team at the VM Group and provide residential and income property agency services to clients in Marin County. For more information, you can visit their web site at Peter is also a member of the Marin HOG (Harley Owners Group) and enjoys the freedom of criss-crossing Marin on his Harley 1200cc Sportster.




Robert Feldman, MBA, writes, "I relocated to Auburn in the Sierra foothills with my wife and two sons. I'm on my 15th year for Corona Consulting, my company that provides management consulting services to hospitals and physician groups. It's beautiful here with lots of bicycling and kayaking. I also volunteer for American Red Cross as a board member. Let me know if you'd like to sponsor a blood drive at your company."




Peggy Bush, MBA, is an attorney in the Bay Area representing elders who are abused. She mediates and arbitrates business issues, and directs an agency serving people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.


Susan Hill, MBA, serves as the director of development for The First Place Fund for Youth in Oakland. Its mission is to end homelessness and poverty among former foster youth. With two out of three foster youth facing homelessness when foster care ends, First Place provides affordable housing and employment/educational counseling.




Nancy Friedman, MBA, of Alameda, Calif., writes, "Since it is the year of our 20th anniversary, I thought it would be a good time to update my classmates on my activities. I married my husband, Jim DeSmidt, a year after graduating from Haas. We have two daughters, Becka (17) and Amy (14). I have just left my corporate job at Visa USA as Vice president of Advertising after 6 years to launch Next Step Coaching and Consulting. My focus is on Executive Coaching and Leadership training and development. While I have been in the marketing arena ever since I graduated from Haas including stints at Dreyer's Ice Cream, Levi Strauss and Company, Let's (with our classmate Delly Tamer) and now Visa, I felt ready to move into a direction where I could have more personal impact and help others increase their satisfaction and success at work and in their lives. If your organization has any need for coaching or leadership training services, please let me know, I enjoyed catching up with our class at the reunion. Can't believe it has been 20 years."


William Ledeen, MBA, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., writes, "The MBA class of 1986 had a wonderful 20th reunion in late April at the Haas School. About 45 class members and spouses/significant others joined us for a stimulating and fascinating Faculty Alumni Colloquium at Haas, at our class dinner at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley on Saturday and at the San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park on Sunday. It was great to see so many of the folks from our class, some of whom are still living in the Bay Area, others in southern California and still others from around the country. Farthest traveled honors go to Will Alameida ( Honolulu, Hawaii), Steve DePalma ( Michigan City, Ind.), Satish Rishi ( Austin, Texas), Karen Criddle ( Bellevue, Wash.), and Bob Merrill ( Naperville, Ill.). Other attendees included: Paul Caracciolo, Patty Chin, Mark Coopersmith, Karin DeGraffenreid, Megan Dwyer, Debra Eagle, Tom Enger, Nancy Friedman, Pete Halberstadt, Marc Jacobs, Cindy Kephart, Ed Kimak, Uday Kumar, Eric Leenson, Robert Olson, Alberto Pujol, Brian Purcell, Jan Richards, Tonia Sabatini Rubin, Niles Searls, John Thornton, and Ed Wohlleb. Warm e-mail wishes were also received from many other class members around the US who were unable to attend due to various scheduling conflicts. Special thanks to reunion committee members Chris Silverstein, Kate Hart, Sandra Hopkins, Jim Lane, Antonio Gamez, and Bill Ledeen for helping to organize the reunion and call folks to obtain e-mail addresses. We had a wonderful time together and look forward to seeing everybody at our 25th reunion!"


Robert Merrill, MBA, writes, "I am approaching the five-year anniversary of my appointment as president and CEO of CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. (, a manufacturer of interior doors and exterior composite trim for residential construction. We were a spinoff of Masonite Corporation and International Paper, where I had been the vice president of sales and marketing. Last year we acquired C&S Door Corporation in the first step of the forward integration of our door business. We sell around the world, and one of my highlights of 2005 was a visit to my new customer in Ukraine. My wife, Maureen, and I have lived in Naperville, Ill., for the past eight years. Our son, Matthew, is a freshman at University of Michigan and our daughter is a sophomore in high school. We have been to a few Cal-Illinois games with other Cal alumni exiled to the Midwest."


1987|Reunion April 27-29




Keven F. Baxter, MBA, recently founded a charity, Sports Gift Inc., which is dedicated to providing sports to underprivileged children all over the world. He writes, "This has been a very rewarding venture and we are excited about the impact we are making to help children living in poverty enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood sports. We have provided over 25,000 items of sports equipment to kids all over the world including the United States, Mexico, Central America, Africa, Indonesia, and the Middle East. If you love sports and want to help underprivileged kids play sports, I encourage you to contact us at or visit our Web site at to learn more."




In Remembrance: Gary Craft, MBA, passed away in San Francisco on Sept. 26, 2005, due to complications resulting from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. He was 47. His remains were poured over the waters of the Pacific near the Golden Gate. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. Gary shall be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.


Nabil Romanos, MBA 89, with David Russell and Rovern Bhansuli, both MBA 89 Nabil Romanos, MBA, writes, "Although I have been receiving Cal Business Magazine for many years now, it's always been with a few months delay until my mail forwards, as I have been splitting my time between Europe, Asia Pacific, and other international locations. I was until recently in charge of the worldwide radiotherapy business of Munich-based BrainLAB, dealing with hospitals, physicians, and official institutions and governments. I am now vice president, sales for all BrainLAB's product lines (neurosurgery and orthopedics, in addition to radiotherapy) in the fast-growing international markets. Before 2001, I was at Varian Medical Systems in sales operations and business development.

I miss California and Berkeley, but the world is a big and fascinating place which I have been keen to explore for the past 16 years (over 125 countries so far), based out of Europe, South America, and Asia. There were spectacular trips on the Silk Road and Central Asia, Tibet, Indonesia, and Ethiopia with close friends and classmates Roveen Bhansali and David Russell. I went on other adventure trips with highlights in Africa, Patagonia, Siberia, Kamchatka, and most recently, Antarctica for 12 days of almost nonstop daylight.

Business and pleasure usually combine harmoniously, as health care environments are changing faster and the needs are greater in many parts of the world than in the US. There's also the added satisfaction of making a visible and significant impact on people's survival and well-being elsewhere in the world. (The impact is easier to measure in international markets than in the US, because of the size, wealth, and fragmentation of the American market.)"


1992|Reunion April 27-29


Richard L Jones, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, "I'm still at Intel in our mobile PC division. I recently saw Manuel Ploch during a trip to Tokyo. However, I am taking Nov-Dec off to bond with my new son Richard III. Dad, mom, and baby are fine. Anyone in the bay area, look us up."


Nikki Jordan, MBA, and Brady Nadell of Oakland welcomed the birth of Emeline Nicole Nadell on Sept. 11, 2005 -- as well as the accompanied change of life after 18 1/2 years of freedom. Nikki runs her 5-year-old healing business on a curtailed schedule, enjoying every minute of motherhood. She invites stressed alumni to take part in her services, with 50 percent donation to Haas.


Zenda Kuo, MBA, recently moved back to Hong Kong after three years of mommy hiatus in Beijing. She is director of corporate finance at CLP Power Asia, financing independent power plants throughout Asia-Pacific.


Jeff Paquette, MBA, serves as Vice President for Strategic Growth and Development at the Massachusetts 2020 Foundation. He is responsible for leading the areas of strategic planning and organizational development, resource development, and operations.

His role is geared toward helping to prepare the organization for anticipated growth in its efforts to lead an emerging movement of extended-time schools, providing technical assistance to districts and schools seeking to move to a longer school day, and advancing related policy and research. Jeff brings over 20 years of experience building and leading mission-driven, entrepreneurial organizations in the youth, education, and community development sectors. Much of his work has focused on building organizational capacity and systems to support the increase in scale, effectiveness, and impact of innovative nonprofit organizations.

Jeff joined Massachusetts 2020 after 12 years with City Year, a national youth service organization with headquarters in Boston, where he most recently completed a 15-month assignment in South Africa, leading the start-up and launch of the organization's first international program. Other roles at City Year included Executive Director of City Year Boston and Co-Chief Operating Officer of City Year's national headquarters. Jeff also served as Chief Operating Officer at Urban Edge, one of Boston's premier community development corporations. Earlier in his career, he was Executive Director of the DOME Project, running an alternative junior high school and network of programs for youth and families in New York City. He lives with his wife and two children in Boston, Massachusetts.


Rolando Springall, MBA, writes, "After finishing my MBA in 1992, I have worked for McKinsey, ABN AMRO Rothschild, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America in New York, Miami, London, and Amsterdam. I am currently a senior vice president, head of global special situations, working for Bulltick Securities in New York."


You Mon Tsang, MBA, of Burlingame, Calif., writes, "I am onto my third software startup, Boxxet. As many of you know, the early stage of starting a company is fun, exciting, and exhausting, especially when mixed in with my 6-year-old son, Liam."




Michelle Buckles, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "After a long and challenging year and a half, I finally completed treatment for breast cancer in September. I was fortunate to be supported by many friends from Haas, most notably Lauren Krasny, her husband, Dr. Robert Krasny, and Kristin Nicholson. They walked the rough road with me, and carried me sometimes, too. Other kind classmates were the Frank Rockwood family (now in Florida), the Tahoe gang (Rob Pascual, Xavier, John Pendleton), Jenny May (a newlywed!), Rob Quiros (now a father!), Sandra Stumbaugh, and Hilary Weber. Thank you all for your support and know that it made a difference. Perhaps not surprisingly, it has been a life-changing and priority rearranging experience. With a new 'Do it Now!' motto in mind, I am stepping off the career track for at least a year to visit family and travel the world. I figure the hedge-fund business can manage fine without me! As much as possible, I would like to visit Cal friends along the way. If you would like a visitor or have travel ideas, I'd love to hear from you. If so, please email me at"


Ron Drabkin, MBA, of Burlingame, Calif., writes, "I recently sold the enterprise company I cofounded, JRG, to CDC Software. CDC is a unit of It was an unbelievable experience from the start four years ago to the suspense-filled finish. Personally, the biggest highlights were recognition of the job well done from customers. In particular, my favorite customer experiences were with the local confection companies, See's Candies and Ghirardelli Chocolate. I am now looking forward to completing a successful transition of the company and our customers to the new owners, and I expect to have a bit more time available for the family."


Dimity Hodge, MBA 93 Dimity Hodge, MBA, writes, "I am living in Sydney and enjoying all that this great city has to offer. I would love to hear from anyone who is travelling this way, so please contact me on After years in the airline industry and strategy consulting, I am now working at EnergyAustralia (one of the largest electricity and gas suppliers in Australia) leading the organisation strategy and development area — a role that I really enjoy. I still try to travel overseas at least once a year, and in between, am working on improving my golf swing and tennis game. Finally, I still love strolling around art galleries and attending the theatre and the symphony."




ArtAltman, MBA 94 Art Altman, MBA, manages research and consulting in energy market design and risk management for the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif. He welcomes contact with those in energy trading or finance at


Philipp Jung, MBA, writes, "I have joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a partner in its San Francisco office, after 11 years with A.T. Kearney. My wife, Patricia (Trish), and I continue to live on the Peninsula with our two sons, Alexander (5) and Lukas (2). We still enjoy coming to campus for football games or other activities."


Jeff Kragen, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, and his wife, Kate, live in Alamo, Calif., with their four children, Claire, Patrick, Stephen, and Elizabeth. Jeff is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Walnut Creek where he provides wealth management and investment solutions to individuals and business owners.


Dagmar (Haswell) Serota, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, founded a nonprofit called Good Cents for Oakland in April 2005. Good Cents for Oakland engages school children throughout Oakland in community service through its Penny Roundup Program. The annual program is free to Oakland schools and teaches community involvement to preschoolers through eighth graders while building leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical-thinking skills. Children direct 100 percent of the funds they raise to nonprofits working in Oakland on issues chosen by the children. Money has been raised to address violence, hunger, homelessness, and animal rescue. Over 1,500 Oakland school children are now participating in the program. Dagmar serves as executive director of Good Cents for Oakland, and classmate Lisa Edgar, MBA, is a board member. For more information on the Penny Roundup Program, please visit or e-mail


Kim Solomon, MBA, MPH, writes, "My husband, Rowan, and I are still living in San Francisco and now have a second child named Talia, who worships her big brother, Asher. In January, I joined the faculty at the School of Public Health as a lecturer and the MPH Program Director for the Health Policy and Management division. I am loving being back on campus and working with the graduate students. Also, I continue to do some consulting in the healthcare workforce area with MBA/MPH 1994 classmate David Cherner. I am serving on the executive committee at my son's preschool and just ran the Nike half marathon this October."




Michaela Ballek, MBA, of Munich, Germany, writes, "After three years on family leave, having focused on raising two wonderful children, I am back in business. I returned to McKinsey & Company again working on two projects. One is conducting the innovation benchmarking survey at large clients in several industries. My other area of responsibility is supporting the German (and European) ex-chairman of McKinsey, Herbert Henzler (a Berkeley alum as well), in his function as chairman of the scientific and technical advisory board to the Bavarian government. So far, this has not included scientific-technical sampling of Bavarian beer, but the Oktoberfest is yet to come!"


Jonathan Becker, MBA 95, and his family Jonathan Becker, MBA, writes, "I'm happy to announce two births, though no twins are involved. My wife and I had a baby boy, William Hezekiah Becker, on July 19, 2006. Young Lee and his wife Yasaman had been expecting and their due date was a few days before ours. In fact, we had gone through all the childbirth and other classes together but had been out of touch for the few days before. When my wife went into labor and we went to the hospital, a nurse told us, 'Your friends are in the hospital; they had a boy earlier in the afternoon.' We were overjoyed but got back to our own situation; our son was born a few hours later and so they'll always share a birthday. Young came to visit shortly after William was born, and our recovery rooms were practically next door so we were able to visit from time to time with Young, Yasaman, and Alexander."


Nap Hosang, MBA, continues to work with Dana Charron, MBA, and now JoAnne Dunaway, MBA, on reducing indoor air pollution in the rural homes in developing countries. He writes, "We are using an entrepreneurial model to make a dent in this pervasive problem with less polluting household stoves, and it works! The voluntary Carbon Credit Market is a promising source of capital to support this work. I'm still delivering babies at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward and teaching at the School of Public Health."


Adrian M Ivanov, MBA, and his wife, Bridget, are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Thomas Hopkins Ivanov, on May 18, 2005. Thomas joins big brother Griffin (7) and big sister Collette (5). Adrian is vice president of North America Channels at Oracle Corporation. The family is enjoying its new little addition and resides in Alamo, Calif.


Kehau Kali, MBA 95 Kehau Kali, MBA, of Honolulu, Hawaii, was appointed the Hawaii president in 2005 for CEO SPACE a national entrepreneurial education, training, mentoring, networking, and resource organization that helps entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. The position combines her 15 years of experience working in financial services, economic development, and community development in Hawaii and on the US mainland. In addition to rebuilding the community services presence throughout Hawaii, she also travels back to California regularly to work with entrepreneurs from throughout the country and visit family and friends. She writes, "If you're ever in Hawaii, please come say 'Aloha.'"


Jenna Marshall-Hano, MBA, and her husband, Dan, welcomed a second daughter, Taran Akari Hano, to the family in early March. Kaya loves being a "big, big sister." Everyone else is sleep-deprived but happy.




Mark Beckford, MBA, writes, "I've been living and working in Shanghai, China, with Intel Corporation, since August 2005. Monica and our three sons are enjoying it tremendously, picking up a little Mandarin in the process. We're living in a great expat community and having the time of our lives. Look us up if you if you are in town!"


Brent Blasnek, MBA, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, "Sorry I missed the 10th reunion! However, I did want to let folks know that after seven years I have left Gap Inc. and joined Visa USA in Foster City as a director in the finance division. Other '96 Haas MBAs that I have discovered already work here include Mandy Fraser. My boss is also a Cal alum, and the corporate colors are blue and gold -- seems to be a theme emerging here!"


Annie Miu Hayward, MBA, of San Francisco, a graduate of the evening MBA program, writes, "I was nominated onto a Business Performance Management Committee at China's prestigious Peking University's Guanghua Business School. Here's to my 15 minutes of fame. Hope you are all making a difference in the world."


Jed Katz, MBA, writes, "My wife, Lisa, and I moved to New York in the spring of 2005, and I became a Managing Director of the venture capital firm DFJ Gotham. Also, my last entrepreneurial project, a handheld GPS device that can instantly identify and describe thousands of stars, planets, and constellations (called the SkyScout), is now available in stores. Check it out - you'll love it!"


Alan Seigrist, MBA, writes, "My wife Barbora had our second child, Theodore Sun Seigrist at 1:56 am on November 16th. We are absolutely is doing great and the little boy has already put on a few pounds in weight!!! My company, The Executive Centre, has continued its expansion in Asia with new facilities opening in Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore, and Hong Kong, which has meant I have been doing a lot of travelling lately! We have opened in TAIPEI 101, the world's tallest building (for now). By January we will have opened our 20th location in Asia, in One Raffles Quay in Singapore. If anyone from Haas ever makes it through Hong Kong, please be sure to give me a call!"


1997|Reunion April 27-29


Geir Gabrielsen, MBA, and Katie Coughlin, MBA, are still in Oslo, Norway. They write, "We have two daughters, Thea (6) and Jenna (3) who help make the dark winters a little brighter. Geir Erik is currently Country Manager for Coca-Cola Norway, and Katie is leading a project to set up Oslo's first Children's Museum. This year, we had a visit from Marcin Tubylewicz and his family in the spring. Our kids played together well, despite speaking Norwpolswedlish to each other. We were also glad to have the Keudels (Jin, Matthias and kids) visit in May. We would enjoy seeing anyone else brave enough to make the trip north. Aquavit sampling (and hangover) – optional for ladies, obligatory for men. Lastly, on a sad note, Katie's dog Cassie, who was once a regular at Haas, passed away this summer after 14 years of adventures and friendship."


Neal Rayner, MBA, of Ross, Calif., became one of the few people ever to swim the English Channel. Read about his exploits at UCLA, where he did his undergraduate work, has ranked him on a short list of "Famous Alumni."


Ratnesh Sharma, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., a graduate of the evening program, writes, "After six years in three successful startups, I decided to go back to a big company and joined Oracle as director of product management in March. I hope the career move will not impact my volunteer/mentor activities at Team in Training, where I have run three marathons over the last two years."




Ki Nam, MBA, has been settled in London since 2001, covering securities transaction.


Elizabeth Pearce, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, "I have started a publishing and distribution business, and have two books available. Haggadah for Jews & Buddhists: A Passover Ritual is expected to be our first major title. MHD Co. is looking for other titles that combine contemporary spirituality with traditional rituals. Self-publishing is an emerging trend among women experiencing mid-life crisis, and MHD Co. has a four-person consulting team to help new authors get their books into the marketplace."


Thomas Ryglinski, MBA 98 Thomas Ryglinski, MBA, is a professional real estate agent in San Francisco. He specializes in marketing, selling, and acquiring residential and investment-grade property in northern San Francisco. In December of 2005, Tom was asked to be a member of the Agent Leadership Committee at Keller Williams. Reach him at


Kevin Schwartz, MBA, writes, "Almost eight years after graduating from Haas, I am still working at PRTM, where I was recently promoted to partner. I guess I'm going for the 'most stable career' award. I am happily living in the Oakland Hills with my wife, Hilary, and our 2-year-old son, Zachary, who occupies pretty much all of our free time (in a very enjoyable way)."


Brian Stone, MBA, of San Francisco recently took a new position as the vice president of marketing for PowerLight Corporation in Emeryville. PowerLight is a privately-held provider of solar power systems, developing several of the world's largest solar power plants. He writes, "I am having a blast learning a new industry and applying my software background to clean energy!"


Julia Violich, MBA, of Fairfax, Calif., writes, "I am busy trying to catch up with my classmates, Ann Scott, Karen White, Amy Capelle, and Maryam Ghazi, who each have two kids. My second little boy is due to arrive May 18. I also got married on March 11 to my longtime partner, John Mecklenburg. I am still the owner of a bicycle company that specializes in custom wheels. We have a strong European presence now, but most of our business is still in the US. This year I am taking a break from bicycle racing as a result of the pregnancy, but plan on at least one more year on the professional circuit before I retire from the sport."




Julie Gutzwiller, MBA 99, and family Julie Gutzwiller, MBA, of Lafayette, Calif., writes, "Life is circling closely around work, friends, and family, and not necessarily in that order. I'm celebrating my fifth year with Bridge Partners, my third job since graduation, and the last I plan to have. I wear various hats in this lean, privately funded real estate investment house, keeping me engaged and challenged by my work. Beyond the 9-to-5, Peter and I are enjoying other fun. At 18 months apart and both toddlers, Morgan and Grant keep us on our toes and off our duffs. We finally (or was that four years ago?) caved and moved through the tunnel to the sunny side of the hill. We have been pleasantly surprised to find that east East Bay living is actually quite good and the city still quite close. We continue to enjoy get-togethers with our good friends from Haas locally and afar."


Stephane Halle, MBA 99, with his son Stephane Halle, MBA, writes, "We have moved back to France and now live in Paris, 15th arrondissement. Stephane still works for Cisco, but from France. The big news is we just got a baby, Oscar, born March 30, 2006. Everybody is doing fine and life is good!"



Adam Leader, MBA, writes, "Robin and I have enjoyed our first 6 months in our new home in Scarsdale, N.Y. Suburban life appeals to both of us. I'm commuting into Google NYC's Chelsea office everyday, where I'm working on Google's newspaper advertising program. Google is really fun, and we have a great café -- everyone should experience it, so give me a call when you are in town! Have seen a few Haas folks lately (Christian Cramer MBA 1999 at dinner in Chelsea and Peter Bershatsky MBA 1998 and family for brunch in Greenwich). Just missed seeing Nancy Riess and Gabi over Thanksgiving weekend (but got a quick update from her parents).

Projects around the house have taken on new urgency: Robin and I are expecting our first child in February, so need to get blinds on the windows and rugs on the floors. Best wishes in the new year!"


Anne Merkert, MBA 99, with her daughter Anne Overton Merkert, MBA, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, "My husband, Matt, and I welcomed with joy our new daughter, Kara Eileen Merkert, into the world on March 30, 2006. I returned to work at Covad as director of channel marketing in July."



Francisco Ottino, MBA 99, at the summit of Argentina's Aconcagua Francisco Ottino, MBA, writes, "I'm still living in Buenos Aires, working for Siderar, a steel manufacturer as head of the financial department. Siderar belongs to Ternium, which also owns similar companies in Venezuela (Sidor) and Mexico (Hylsamex) and went public in NYSE in 2006.

Last summer (austral summer) in February, I climbed Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain out of central Asia with 6,962 meters or 22,841 feet. It was a great adventure and tough challenge. Another good thing is that Aconcagua is in Mendoza, the best wine region in the country, so after two weeks climbing I had plenty of delicious meat with wonderful red wine (I always remember the Wine Industry class).

Is there any volunteer to go with me to Kilimanjaro in March?"


Steve Peletz, MBA, manages Peletz & Company Real Estate in San Francisco, helping clients buy, sell, and evaluate residential and investment real estate in San Francisco and Marin. When not managing transactions and investment properties, Steve finds time to scuba dive and free dive in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and the South Pacific. Steve lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.


Terry Tullis, MBA, writes, "I finished law school at UCLA in May, passed the California bar and the U.S. Patent bar exams and am getting back to my engineering and business roots as an intellectual property/patent lawyer here in Orange County. On a personal note, Jen and I have a new arrival: Ruby Tullis was born in January, joining 4-year-old Sam!"




Diane Bisgeier, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "In early '06 I took on a new role at Schwab in the office of the CIO doing chief-of-staff-type communications and agenda work. It's an incredibly interesting vantage point, and the work and issues are non-stop (and sorry, no vendor evaluations)."


Patrick Feely, MBA, and Carla (van Loben Sels) Feely, MBA, welcomed their second son, Cayden Page Feely, on February 21.


Valerie Lemmon, MBA, of Manhattan Beach writes, "I've been living in Southern California for a couple of years now, working at Capital Research and loving it. The most exciting news, though, is the arrival of our baby girl, Eva Simone Lemmon, who was born on Jan. 6, 2006...she's already almost a year old!"


Roberto Matus, MBA, of Washington, D.C., writes, "It has been wonderful to work for the World Bank, especially now that Paul Wolfowitz is the president. His compassionate conservatism coupled with his fight against corruption had a profound impact on me. As a result - for the very first time in my life - I have been able to create a seamless synergy between my personal, political and professional aspirations. On a personal level I have always wanted to create change and make the world a better place. When politics are concerned I firmly believe in strong leadership and small government in pursuit of a pseudo-liberal agenda. Lastly, professionally I stand for efficiency and shareholder value creation. As far as extracurricular activities go, I have been involved in a local community outreach program called DIA.PE.R to help disenfranchised young adults in the suburban outskirts of Washington, DC."




Ruthanne Feinberg, MBA, writes, "After four years I am still living in New York working at Glocap Search. The recruiting market has been very strong. It's been a ton of work, but a ton of fun so no complaints. Always feel free to look me up when you're in town."


Jorge Viera, MBA, writes, "After four years of public service at Chacaós City Hall in Caracas as deputy mayor, I'm going back to the private sector. I just formed a partnership to make private equity investments in Venezuelan companies. Although the situation is uncertain due to political turmoil, we think there are good opportunities to invest in. Best regards from Caracas!"


2002|Reunion April 27-29


Tanya Himathongkam, MBA, of Bangkok, Thailand, writes, "I had a chance to visit Berkeley in March for the first time after my graduation. The highlight of the trip was the MBA/MPH '02 get-together at Rebekah Saul Butler's house in SF. Joining the party were Michele Carroll Colaco and Anne BrocchiniSundin. We also enjoyed phone conversation with Becky Frank. I was on my way to Nicholasville, Ky., for a women's gym 'Contours Express' franchise training. I am very excited about introducing the idea of women's circuit gym to Thailand! The pilot location will be open right in Theptarin Hospital in Bangkok. This might well be the world's first women's circuit gym in hospital."


Hideki Hirano, MBA, of San Francisco published his first business book in mid-March in the Japanese market. Let's Move People by Telling Stories is about how business leaders will be able to motivate people by using the so-called Narrative Method. Hideki writes, "Inspired by a Berkeley faculty member Terry Pearce and screenplay coach Robert McKee and others, I took out my own experiences as journalist and PR consultant and formulated them into know-how."


Elizabeth Meyer, MBA, writes, "I was recently promoted to director of supplier development at E. J. Gallo Winery. I am having a wonderful time learning a new side of the business. My areas of focus are energy, technology, and corporate services. If anyone is ever in Modesto, please drop me a line."


William Shaw, MBA, writes, "I recently moved to Hong Kong to work for Composition Capital Partners, a real estate private equity firm with headquarters in Amsterdam. I will be running the first real estate fund of funds in Asia, targeting non-listed vehicles for investment. Please let me know if you are in the region. I hope to be seeing more of you soon!"


Robert Visco, MBA, of Richmond, Va., a graduate of the evening program, writes, "The Visco family picked up stakes over a year ago, abandoned the paradise that is Sonoma, and moved back east to shake things up in the former capitol of the Confederacy. I took a new position - Sr VP for Last Second Media Inc., a leading direct-marketing advertising agency. Little Bob Visco turned 5 in June and has established himself as a force in his new neighborhood, the red-headed terror that he is. Our new neighbors are amazed at the grace and kindness of my lovely wife, Kathleen, as she contends with Big Bobnoxious and Little Bobnoxious."




Sean Besser, MBA, of Los Angeles writes, "I was recently promoted to vice president of business development for Movielink and now head up all business development and partner marketing opportunities for the company."


Nick Christy, MBA 03, with his son Nick Christy, MBA, and his wife, Heather, welcomed Jack Martin on Aug. 18, 2005. He writes, "Jack arrived happy and healthy, and if anything, after one year he seems to love New York City even more than his parents do."


Claude Drugan, MBA 03, and family in the British Virgin Islands Claude Drugan, MBA, an avid sailor, launched WindPath Sailing, which brings fractional use yachting to the San Francisco Bay Area. The company provides an opportunity to lease a new Catalina sailboat through a shared membership program without the commitments and financial obligations normally associated with yacht ownership. Claude's passion for sailing started at a very young age, when he sailed with his family on a friend's sailboat on the Black Sea in Romania. This passion ignited a dream to have a boat of his own and cruise around the world. Claude's passion for sailing was then implanted into his wife, Sophia, later into his son, Stephan, and hopefully will continue with his daughter (due in July 2006). Over the past 15 years, Claude and his family have been owners of two boats, and have sailed the US and Mexico West Coast from Seattle, Wash. to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In addition, they have also chartered boats at different exotic locations around the world. In March, Claude became the first WindPath Sailing base owner on the US West Coast. He plans to expand his base to other California and US West Coast locations in the coming years. Visit


Ye Huang, MBA, writes, " Shanghai has become a Cal family in the East, but our organization is still small as compared with other top B-schools. Hope more alumni come to Shanghai, and please speak up if you are already in Shanghai! Regards and thanks."


Mark Kurowski, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, writes, "The residential real estate brokerage that I manage and co-founded is successful and growing at a reasonable pace, Dream Home Real Estate ( And now we've started a sister company, Dream Home Mortgage Loans ( to help us better serve our clients, whether during their home purchase or to refinance their existing home. On the personal side, my wife, Karen, is now in her fourth year of Vet School here at UC Davis, and our son, Spencer (2), enjoys gymnastics and swimming (well, the toddler versions of them)."


Amanda Pitre-Hayes (née Dowling), MBA, writes, "My partner, Corinne, and I got married early in the year and are settling into our new home in Vancouver, Canada. I'm managing environmental programs and grants for Vancity, a local credit union, and am still traveling almost everywhere by bicycle."


Darren Reinke, MBA, and his fiancée, Melissa Maki, recently moved back to the Los Angeles area after a six month stint in Florianopolis, Brazil. Living on the beach in Marina del Rey and working as sales and marketing consultant for Ferrazzi Greenlight, Darren spends his spare time working on his next business,, a community action sports and travel site due to launch in early 2007. In addition, Darren and Melissa spend time at the beach surfing, jogging, riding their beach cruisers, and enjoying happy hours watching the sun go down.


Sarah Takesh, MBA, writes, "Some of you might remember Tarsian & Blinkley, the company that I spent my entire two years at Berkeley fixating on that won the 2003 National Social Venture Competition. It won the prize at a time when such an idea was a trendy one -- basing a socially-motivated business out of Afghanistan to create beautiful things while attempting to save the world. However, some do remember that the idea was incubating long before 9/11, and my commitment to it was verging on the religious. Nearly three years after commencement, it has been almost too much of a wild ride. Good news is that we are still around and even building a full-scale apparel factory in a new industrial park in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bad news is that we were brutally robbed of a frightful amount of cash by a sort of insider government mafia of police-uniformed thugs! Welcome to social entrepreneurship in a war zone -- anything goes! Anyway, we are still managing to make lovely things and want to let the Haas community know that we'll be in the Bay Area from May 31 to June 13 with a slew of sales events. If you would like more information on how to find us, please e-mail or visit"




Sukwan Chae, MBA 04, with his bride, Jungyoon Jang Sukwan Chae, MBA, married Jungyoon Jang in Seoul, Korea on Feb. 23, 2006. Eleven Haas alums traveled to Korea for the event, including Brian Solon, Toshiyuki Okubo, Arturo Morosoff, Hiro Ikeda, Heeman 'Frank' Lee, Yonghyeon 'Ken' Kwon, Jiehyun 'Dina' Lee, Ikjae 'Jay' Han, Jayyong 'Jay' Jung, Juhyeong 'Jeff' Lee and Iljoon Tae. The newlyweds live in Portland, Ore., where Sukwan works in advertising with Nike. He can be reached at


Waverly Chou, MBA 04, with Mitch Lee, MBA 04, and their daughter Hou-en Lee Waverly Chou, MBA, and Mitch Lee, MBA, happily welcomed their first daughter, Hou-en Lee, on Oct 18 last year (2005).


Rodrigo Moreira, MBA 04, with wife Alessandra Rodrigo Moreira, MBA, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, "Alessandra and I got married! Celebration was last January in Brazil. We were honored with the presence of Haas alumni Ronaldo, Andre, John Mick, "Mostaza" Huffmann, Riscela for Marcelo Moya, and Amy Cheng among other important local and international friends. Apart from much fun and many events, the highlights were playing soccer at the Olympic Stadium of Gremio Professional Soccer Team and the just-married couple riding a motorcycle from the church. We miss you all and will share the details in our next class reunion."


Three years ago, when Atiba Phillips, MBA, was presenting his final project for the Multimedia Information Class in the School of Information, he met Michael Smith, from France Telecom, who was serving as an industrial reviewer for the class. Little did they know then how that chance meeting would lead to interesting opportunities down the road. When the University of Trinidad and Tobago created a new program for Information Communications Technology, Atiba, now executive manager of e-commerce for Trinidad and Tobago, asked Michael to design and teach a multimedia course. Michael welcomed the opportunity and arranged to visit the university this past fall. The class consisted of 14 ICT masters' students from Trinidad and Tobago. Michael modeled the course after the Multimedia Information Class at the School of Information, including final project presentations, of which Atiba was now a reviewer. The role reversal was a gratifying conclusion to a semester of hard work.




Silicon Clocks, co-founded by Andrew McCraith, MBA, Emmanuel Quevy, Roger Howe and Sunil Bhave, closed an $11 million financing and its first acquisition earlier this year. The business plan for the company won the Best Technology Prize at the 2004 US Berkeley Business Plan Competition. The company is now located in Fremont, Calif., and is recruiting MEMS and IC design engineers. ( or 510-SICLOCKS)


Philip Strauss, MBA, of Palo Alto, a graduate of the evening program, has joined MarketTools Inc., as vice president and general counsel and has joined the Haas adjunct faculty as an instructor in business law.


Dharmendra Vahalia, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, relocated to the Philadelphia area in May with his wife, Smita, and daughters, Nirali and Natasha. Dharm's recent promotion has led to his next GE assignment as product manager in a division acquired by the company in 2002. After spending seven highly rewarding and eventful years in the Bay Area, the Vahalias are looking forward to moving closer to family and friends on the east coast.




Koji Murao, MBA, an exchange student at Haas in fall 2005, is living in Tokyo now.


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William Ziemba, MBA 65, Ph.D., is visiting professor of finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management, teaching quantitative investments. He is alumni professor of financial modeling and stochastic optimization at the University of British Columbia. Besides many articles, he likes to write books. Recent titles include The Stochastic Programming Approach to Asset Liability and Wealth Management, (AIMR 2003), Applied Stochastic Programming, (SIAM Mathematical Programming Society, 2005) and the Handbook of Asset Liability Management, in two volumes in the Handbooks in Finance series, for which Bill is the series editor for North Holland.


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Gonzalo A. Obregon, MFE 2003, writes, "My family and I are now living in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Since graduation I have been working in the New Business and Development group focused in Latin America at MBIA Insurance Corp. Recently I was promoted to assistant vice president. Vamos Bears!"


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